If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the year.
Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you its Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players to pick up. Be aggressive when picking up fantasy football free agents. Even if you do not need a player, you can tuck him away for depth or block others from adding him to their fantasy football team.
Note: Percentage of polled leagues in which player is available in parentheses
Fantasy football free agents: Priority additions
The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.
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NEW - Fred Davis, Washington Redskins (39 percent)
Chris Cooley (finger, hand) may miss the rest of the year, which means Davis, whose quarterback will now be John Beck, will be the featured tight end going forward. Beck, as an inexperienced quarterback, should rely quite a bit on Davis.
Davis' availability rate of approximately 39 percent means he probably will only be on waivers for teams in shallow leagues.
Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire
The following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow fantasy football leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.
Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans (69 percent)
Cook, who was on a bye this past weekend, was targeted six times in Week 4 and nine times in Week 5. Though he caught just six of those offerings, one went for a long TD, an example of his playmaking ability. The Titans are employing Cook, along with wideout Damian Williams, more often with Kenny Britt (knee) out for the season.
Though his next two opponents - the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts - haven't allowed many points to the position of late, both have vulnerable pass defenses. Plus, if you're just looking to bide time through bye weeks, Cook's involvement - past and potential - probably ranks among the best you'll find on most waiver wires. Tennessee likely worked on more ways to increase his workload over the off-week.
Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays
The following fantasy football pickups are for those who need injury or bye week replacements. They are not players you immediately acquire - unless your team is in dire straights. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.
Ed Dickson, Baltimore Ravens (69 percent)
Dickson's potential for consistency has been limited by Torrey Smith's emergence and Dennis Pitta's occasional involvement. The latter was looked to five times in Week 6; Dickson, three. But Dickson, who has been targeted at least five times in his other four games this year, faces a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that has allowed opposing tight ends to average 7.25 receptions, 66.8 yards and 0.75 scoring grabs per game in the last four weeks.
Those still playing the TE rotation game, thanks to byes, could also look to Dickson when he faces an easy-pickings Arizona Cardinals secondary in Week 8.
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